Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum)An African hardwood with a heartwood that is golden to dark reddish brown in colour which tends to darken with age. Sapele is known for a wide variety of figured grain patterns such as ribbon, pommele, wuilted, motled, wavy, beeswaxing and fiddleback. Grain is interlocked and sometimes wavy with a fine uniform texture and good natural luster.
Rot resistance: Heartwood ranges from moderate to very durable with regard to decay resistance. Has moderte insect/borer resistance.
Workability: Turns, glues and finishes well but can be troublesome when routing and planing. Also reacts when in direct contact with iron becoming discoloured and stained. Can have a slight blunting effect on cutters.
Average dried weight: 42lbs/ft3 (670kg/m3)
Average density: 640kg/m3